Study Guide for Ehrman, Chapter 1

Be sure to read the “excursus” at the end of the chapter titled “Historian and Believer”

Important Names, Terms for Exams (from Ehrman and class)

apostle
canon
BCE (versus BC)
CE (versus AD)
disciple
epistle
gospel
Hebrew Bible (Jewish Scriptures)
Athanasius
autograph
heresy
manuscript
orthodoxy
proto-orthodox
scribe
textual criticism

Study/Discussion Questions

1. How did the New Testament become part of the Christian canon — the collection of texts known as the “New Testament” ? What is significant or remarkable about this process, and why?

2. How do you define “truth”?

3. What are some of the challenges to understanding and studying Christian origins you discovered in reading and thinking about this chapter? How big are those challenges, and why might they be important?